Shell Rock Swing Show draws crowds

Stan Thompson of Parkersburg sings. (Bethany Carson/ Eclipse News-Review photo)

The Shell Rock Spring Swing Show delighted audiences with seven performances at the Boyd Building this month.

Selections ranged from classics such as “City of New Orleans” to “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” and from “Better than a Hallelujah” to “Save the Last Dance for Me.”

“From the standpoint of a mixture of music, we had a lot of variety this year,” said Producer Larry Young.

There were solo, duet, quartet and group performances, as well as humorous skits.

The show concluded with a touching rendition of “Riding with Private Malone” and a salute featuring the national anthem and service songs for each of the branches of the Armed Forces, followed by the closing “Rhythm Reprise.”

“I am extremely proud of the entire production this year, as we were so close to having to cancel due to the extreme weather in January and February resulting in many lost rehearsals,” said Band Director Randall Winkey of Aplington. “But the band caught up quickly, and the chorus rehearsed several extra times on weekends. To see this kind of dedication to the show is such an inspiration.”

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